2003 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: Sporty and reliable

2003 Nissan Altima - Consumer Review

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2.5 SL Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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Sporty and reliable
By aposak on


2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


Daily driver for 10 years now. 160k, original engine and transmission. Still looks good, performs well, and still fun to drive. 4 doors means extra utility and lower insurance. The 4-cyl from this era have major engine problems... go with the V6.
Update: Still runs great. I've learned that the timing chains on the V6 start to get stretched over 150k. At nearly 185k, I'm hearing a bit of valve chatter on startup and hard acceleration, and mpg has gone from 24 to 22. For some reason, both rear brake calipers have frozen up in the past year and required replacement. I have added 2 more cars to the family, so this one gets driven far less, and will (sadly) be sold soon.

Best Features

  • Acceleration
  • Braking
  • Shifting
  • Steering
  • Instrumentation
  • Cargo storage
  • Logic of controls
  • Interior design
  • Outward visibility
  • Active safety
  • Headlights
  • Climate control
  • Dealership support
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Electronics
  • Purchase cost
  • Maintenance cost

Worst Features

  • Noise and vibration

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